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Ski resort welcomes record number of visitors to alpine region

“The season is already planned,” he said. “It’s going really well until the end.”

Major Victorian ski resorts now generate their own snow to enhance natural snowfall. But Mount Buller’s communications manager, Lila Morgan, said by the Queen’s birthday weekend in June there had already been a meter of natural snow, allowing the resort to open much of its ski slopes. rice field.

Bright residents Jarvis, Elsie and Ali Fenton are enjoying the snow in Dinner Plains. credit:Alpine Shire/Nathan Fenton

The ski season usually kicks off over a long weekend with celebrations, but skiing is limited as the industry prepares for more snow.

By the end of July, Mount Buller had 283,561 visitors, up from 192,613 during the same period in 2019.

On Sunday, Morgan confirmed that 17 of the resort’s 20 lifts are operational. She said strong pre-booking shows skiers are confident that the restrictions imposed over the past two years will not be repeated.

“People were obviously deciding to have a snow vacation before the snow season started,” Morgan said.

Snow falls on Falls Creek for the opening weekend.

Snow falls on Falls Creek for the opening weekend.credit:Falls Creek

Good conditions are likely to continue. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Matthew Thomas said there could be light snow on Monday and more snow from Thursday.

“If you want to ski, this is good news,” he said.

Late July and early August are often the best times for snow in Victoria, but the ski season can extend into September.

Stuart Smyth, CEO of Falls Creek Resort, said the recovery in tourist numbers is great news for the industry, but labor shortages and rising transportation costs remain a problem for alpine businesses.

But he said the first snow has helped many resorts recover from the past two years, with many resorts nearing full capacity since the start of the season.

“Most people are starting to breathe a sigh of relief right now,” Smythe said.

In 2020, the lifts at Falls Creek operated for just four days before closing due to pandemic restrictions.

Visitor numbers at the ski resort in 2021 were significantly higher than the previous year, but due to travel restrictions imposed on Melburnian, it was far from full.

Alpine resorts are now implementing comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures to protect against Victoria’s current wave of infections, Smythe said.

“It took us two years to get it right, so we should be able to handle what was a record visit.”

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Ski resort welcomes record number of visitors to alpine region

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